Lab Members


Mike Kareta, PhD

Mike is an Associate Scientist at the Children’s Health Research Center. He earned his BS in Molecular & Cellular Biology at Texas A&M University where in the lab of Dr. Flora Katz he investigated the role of Abelson in the development of retinal neurons is Drosophila. He earned his PhD in the lab of Dr. Frédéric Chédin at the University of California, Davis where he investigated the biochemical mechanisms which underlie DNA Methyltransferase (DNMT) function. He then completed his postdoctoral studies at Stanford university in the labs of Drs. Julien Sage and Marius Wernig. It was at Stanford that he utilized iPS reprogramming to investigate Rb function and identified Sox2 as a key player in tumor formation. In September 2016 he joined Sanford Research. In his spare time he enjoys biking, hiking, camping, woodworking, painting, and growing bonsai.


Ethan Thompson, MS

Ethan is a Lab Tech for Dr. Kareta at the Children’s Health Research Center. He earned a BA in Biology at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. There he worked in the lab of Dr. Debra Martin investigating prey species of Timber Rattlesnakes (Crotalus horridus) using molecular markers. He earned a MS in Integrative Genomics from Black Hills State University working in the lab of Dr. Dave Bergmann determining microbial community composition of ‘cave silver’ biofilms collected from the Sanford Underground Research Facility. He came to Sanford in December 2016. His current roles are studying the mechanism of Sox2 in tumor formation and assisting in the daily lab functions. When free, he enjoys playing music, fishing, and biking.